When you’re using Skype or FaceTime or recording audio on your Mac, how do you manage sound input control? Usually, it’s a trip to the Sound panel in System Preferences, or you fumble around to find the seldom used controls in the recording app of your choice.
There’s a better way to mute the Mac’s mic on the fly, and adjust the sound input volume. The app that does the magic is called, appropriately enough, MuteMyMic.
For less than a few bucks MuteMyMic installs in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s always visible, easily reached (either with a click, or a keyboard shortcut). When the mic is muted, the Menubar icon turns red, making status instantly visible.
MuteMyMic’s Preferences are straightforward and setup takes less than a minute, including automatic startup on login. You also have an option to use the red color for the muted mic icon, and a single click allows for Growl notifications.
There’s no easier way to manage your Mac’s mic (or sound input source) from the Menubar which adjusts the input sound volume (not the Mac’s output sound volume) and gives you on or off status.
As good as MuteMyMic is, I’d like a couple of additional options, especially in the Menubar. First, select a different sound input source (instead of using Sound in System Preferences), and select a different sound output source. Otherwise, it’s hard to beat for the money.